We are firm supporters that change is good! So today, we decided to change it up on you! We all know #MundaneMonday is a thing. Why do you think there are hundreds of different blends of coffee, duh!!! Instead of #MedicMonday we decided to do a special treat and do #MedicalDirectorMonday (you know, like when you get that special coffee drink with two extra shots of espresso just because you can!)
Dr. Patrick Cellarosi-Yorba made it through the drive-thru at the coffee shop pretty fast, so he decided to drop by and introduce himself! (Don’t worry, he got that special coffee today with the espresso!)
Patrick Cellarosi-Yorba grew up in Ventura, California. He graduated from Georgetown University Medical School in Washington DC and completed residency at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He has been the medical director at GSCEMS for the last five years and loves the people at the service. He worked for 20 years at Georgetown Community Hospital in the emergency department and now works at the VA Hospital in Lexington. In his spare time, he likes to run and hang out with friends and family.
1) Where are you originally from?
Originally from Ventura, CA.
2) What are your hobbies, interests, etc?
I like cooking, running, working in the ER, and hanging out with my kids and with my EMS buddies.
3) How did you become interested/get started in EMS?
While working at Georgetown Community Hospital I encountered crews from GSCEMS all the time. They are/were great people doing an excellent job taking care of patients and I wanted to be part of what they were doing.
4) What brought you to Georgetown?
I moved with my wife from Virginia to live on a horse farm where she and my kids ride horses.
5) What is your position at GSCEMS?
I’m currently the Medical Director for GSCEMS.
6) Where did you go to Medical school?
I went to Georgetown University Medical School in Washington DC.
7) What is your favorite thing about EMS/your job?
I really enjoy watching the EMTs and Paramedics learn. I like to see them implement that learning while caring for patients. I really enjoy seeing their sense of accomplishment when they know they’ve provided fantastic care to someone.
8) What is one thing currently that you would change about EMS as a whole?
I wish patients, people in the emergency department, and the community in general gave EMS personnel the respect that they deserve. These prehospital providers work long hours, study a lot when they’re not at work, and try very hard to give people the best care possible.
9) What is one place in Scott County that you would take a visitor?
I really like the tour at Toyota. It’s a different world. So fascinating to see their process. I’ve been five times!